By: Danny Holmgren
Ahh, is there anything about the holiday season more exciting than hearing ESPN’s holiday bowl season jingle advertising Bowl Week? And is there anything better about Bowl Week than the fact that it’s more like Bowl Three-and-a-half Weeks? Each season when bowl games begin, I find myself watching every bowl game as it comes on, regardless of whether I’m interested in the teams playing, or for that matter, even knew that some of the colleges existed! Among the bowl matchups that you wouldn’t ever watch, unless they were in a bowl game:
– Western Kentucky vs Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl
– Ohio vs Louisiana Monroe in the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl
– Kent St. vs Arkansas St in the GoDaddy.com Bowl
Today Bowl Week kicks off with Nevada and Arizona playing in the New Mexico Bowl, followed by Utah State and Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Despite Arizona having the leading rusher in FBS, Ka’Deem Carey who is averaging 146 yards per game with 20 TDs and Nevada having the 13th worst rushing defense in the nation, I think Nevada will win and win comfortably over A-Rod’s mediocre Wildcat Squad.
In the afternoon matchup, I like Utah State to finish off their best season in team history, but the question remains if any Aggie fans will actually see it take place. After struggling to fill Romney stadium to half-full capacity in their season finale and WAC Championship clinching win two weeks ago, USU was only able to sell 3,000 of their allotted tickets in Boise. One would think that the Aggie faithful would be able to make the four hour drive from Logan to celebrate their best team in memory, but apparently that’s not the case. Perhaps they worried about making it back for tithing settlement on Sunday, where they wanted to make sure that they were 100% tithe payers in support of BYU’s ever expanding athletic facilities. (In case you missed it, USU H.C. Gary Andersen came out this week stating how tough it is to compete with the other two big teams in the state with the PAC-12 money that Utah has and the tithing funds that BYU has).
Today kicks off that most wonderful time of the year. You can keep your mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. I’ll keep my Beef OBrady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, and you better believe I won’t miss the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. ‘Tis the season, and in front of the HDTV, that’s where you’ll find me!